Overseas NHS and care workers are now allowed to claim reimbursement from their Immigration Health Surcharge.
The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) reimbursement scheme opened on 1st October, 2020, fulfilling a pledge made by the Prime Minister in May. The result is that all international NHS and care employees who have worked to save lives during the pandemic are now exempt from the HIS which they previously had to pay to use the NHS.
Starting from this month, non-British and non-EEA nationals can access the NHS on the same basis as UK residents if they are living in the UK for more than 6 months.
Eligible NHS workers can apply online and, if successful, their reimbursement will be processed by the UKVI and NHSBSA (NHS Business Services Authority) paid in 6-month instalments.
UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock commented:
“I am incredibly proud of all the fantastic health and care workers from all over the world we have working in our NHS who provide such an invaluable service, from cleaners to care workers to porters.”
“We can now deliver on our promise as the reimbursement scheme will benefit those who have given so much this year to protect us all from COVID-19.”
“This will encourage overseas health and care workers to continue to come and work in the UK and help those already living here to provide first-class care and support for patients.”
How to apply for the NHS Immigration Health Surcharge Reimbursement Scheme?
If you are in the UK and you want to know if you are eligible for the reimbursement, you can talk to our professional immigration lawyers.
We will review your situation and advise on the best steps to make to apply for the reimbursement scheme.
Call us today on 020 4502 8582 to find out more.